Massachusetts Fishing species Calendar

Fish Species We Target

 

Ground Fishing - Atlantic Cod, Haddock and Pollock


While Cod remain prevalent in our waters, the State and Federal Government have closed all Cod fishing in the waters North of Provincetown. Luckily, Haddock and Pollock fishing has been excellent. Haddock fishing turns on around late April and early May. As the water temperature warms, the Haddock move East to the colder, deeper water off the East side of Stellwagen Bank. Pollock are a year round fish that move into the shallow water banks from August through December, There are several other ground fish species that are great table fare. Cusk, Flounder and Sea Bass are frequent catches in and around the waters we fish. The elusive Halibut is also a welcome catch if you're lucky enough to hook and land one!


Tuna Fishing


Stellwagen Bank holds some of the biggest Giant Bluefin Tuna in the world. The commercial season opens on June 1 and usually heats up from July to October. Giants have been known to hang around the Stellwagen Bank and east of Cape Cod until late November, early December. True giants can measure over 10' and have been weighed in at 1,500 lbs. Targeting these giants tests your skill, gear and patience! Are you up for the challenge?


Shark Fishing


The Massachusetts waters are home to many species of sharks. Mako Sharks are stealth and powerful. They reach impressive top speeds of over 40 mph while launching themselves out of the water 20' in the air trying to dislodge hooks. They can grow to over 10' and weigh more than 1,200 pounds. Thresher Sharks are a tough adversary, using their tails to stun their prey and using their large pectoral fins to gain leverage against anglers. Porbeagle Sharks use their large wide frames to force maximum pressure and put a strain on even the heaviest gear. Blue Sharks are abundant in the waters around Massachusetts Bay and Stellwagen Bank. Reaching lengths of 9' plus and weights of over 300 lbs, they provide quite the fight.


Striped Bass (Stripers) and Bluefish


The annual Striper migration is closely watched and anticipated. As the migration begins, the fish travel long distances and settle in our inshore waters feeding on the plentiful bait fish. By late May, early June, the larger cows have moved in and fish up to 60+ lbs are taking on live baits and trolled artificial lures. These larger fish hang around and forage on the schools of mackerel, herring, pogies and sand eels. These migratory fish usually stick around until mid October, Bluefish usually follow the Stripers and are well known for their vicious fighting nature. Pound for pound, the Bluefish might be one of the best fighting fish around. These toothy fish require wire leaders and a patient angler, as they're known to peel off line as they fight.


Learn More

Want to learn more about the species in our Massachusetts water? Check out the link below for a comprehensive list of the common fish we catch.

Fishing Species